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William Ash

William Ash, one of 230 convicts transported on the Elphinstone, 06 April 1842

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Ash
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1826
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Shop lifting
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Elphinstone
Departure date: 6th April, 1842
Arrival date: 28th July, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 229 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 62
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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D Wong on 20th October, 2017 wrote:

Old Bailey:
WILLIAM ASH, Theft > shoplifting, 20th September 1841.

Offence: Theft > shoplifting
Verdict: Guilty > no_subcategory
Punishment: Transportation

WILLIAM ASH was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of September, 1 till, value 1s. 6d. 1 groat, 2 pence, 24 halfpence, and 5 farthings, the property of Edward Stanford.
SARAH CHAMBERS. Edward Stanford is a painter, and keeps a fruiterer’s shop at Newington. On the 21st of September I saw the prisoner, whom I did not know before, lying across the counter with the till in his hand—he got down off the counter and put the till on the counter—he then went out of doors and went away—I looked out for a policeman—I saw one, and the prisoner was taken—he had not taken any thing out of the till—I was too quick upon him—there was a groat, 2 pence, 24 halfpence, and 5 farthings in it—I am sure he is the same person.
JAMES FIELD (police-constable 108 N.) I took the prisoner and charged him with what he had done—I asked him whether he was the boy that went in the shop—he said he had done nothing.
Prisoner. Q. Was any one with me? A. Yes, Charles Glossop—I took both together—I had not seen the prisoner before.
GUILTY. Aged 13.— Transported for Seven Years.—Convict Ship.

William was listed as 15 years old on arrival.  His native place was Shoreditch.

Previous conviction for stealing a loaf - 7 days in irons.

William was 4’8¾” tall, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes, slightly freckled, W H on lef arm, ring on middle finger left hand, 3 large scars on lower part of belly, could read and write - was a labourer to John Clements a green grocer.

Record states: Father in Law, Thomas at mason court, Shoreditch.
Mother: Mary
Sisters: Mary, Ellen, Sarah, Betsy.

25/9/1844: Released from 1st stage of probation.

17/3/1846: TOL
4/11/1849: Certificate.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 20th October, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1826 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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